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Judicial Interference: Redefining the Role of the Judiciary within the Context of U.S. and E.U. Merger Clearance Coordination

Jul. 25, 2012—In December 2003, Sony and Bertelsmann AG (BMG) sought approval from the Federal Trade Commission and European Commission to effectuate a joint venture between the two companies.  Remarkably, almost two years after both antitrust authorities had cleared the Sony-BMG joint venture, the Court of First Instance annulled the European Commission’s decision to approve the transaction. ...

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Choosing Between Liberalization and Regulatory Autonomy under GATS: Implications of U.S.-Gambling for Trade in Cross Border E-Services

Jul. 25, 2012—In 2005, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body presided over United States—Measures affecting the cross-border supply of gambling and betting services (U.S.-Gambling), in which Antigua argued that U.S. criminal laws banning the provision of cross-border online gambling services violate U.S. commitments under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).  For the first time,...

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Iraq, Secured Transactions, and the Promise of Islamic Law

Jul. 20, 2012—When Iraq regains political stability, major reconstruction projects will have to be funded and local businesses will need financing in order to gain a foothold in the new economy.  In order to attract the necessary capital, the Iraqi law of secured transactions must be reformed to allow for lenders to take security in the assets...

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Say What You Mean: Improved Drafting Resources as a Means for Increasing the Consistency of Interpretation of Bilateral Investment Treaties

Jul. 10, 2012—Following the demise of international recognition of the Hull Rule as the standard governing foreign direct investment, countries throughout the world have turned to bilateral investment treaties (BITs) to govern direct investment relationships.  BITs allow countries to bind themselves credibly to commitments by granting substantive rights to investors and offering remedies for violations of those...

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Sovereignty Migrates in U.S. and Mexican Law: Transnational Influences in Plenary Power and Non-Intervention

Jul. 10, 2012—Mexico and the United States exercise sovereignty that is increasingly transnational and less absolute with respect to migration.  This is evident in changes to Mexico’s norm of non-intervention and the United States’ plenary power doctrine, two doctrines rooted in international sovereignty.  Both have historically defined sovereign authority in absolute terms, avoiding any foreign influence or...

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The Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000: The United States’ Ratification of the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children, and its Meager Effect on International Adoption

Jul. 1, 2012—This Note explores the effect of the United States’ ratification of the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Convention) via passage of the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA).  Through intercountry adoption, countless children have been given homes and opportunities in the U.S. that would not...

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The Legality of the West Bank Wall: Israel’s High Court of Justice v. the International Court of Justice

Jul. 1, 2012—This Article offers a critique of the decision reached by Israel’s High Court of Justice in the Mara’abe Case (2005) as well as some aspects of the International Court of Justice’s Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (2004). The Article takes a socio-legal and...

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The Journal is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 Board of Editors. Complete-Masthead-2018-2019

Vanderbilt University Law School Professor Michael A. Newton’s 2016 VJTL Article entitled How the International Criminal Court Threatens Treaty Norms  was cited by the International Criminal Court prosecutor’s November 2017 filing seeking investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan.

May 2018 Issue on the Second Israel Defense Forces International Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict. Read more about the Journal’s May 2018 issue here.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Journal’s 50th Anniversary celebration on October 5, 2017! View photos from the event here and read about the Journal’s history here.

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The Journal is very excited about the success of our February 2017 Symposium, “Sovereign Conduct on the Margins of the Law.” Read more about our February 2017 Symposium here

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